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Plants for pondside

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:16

I have chrysographes Iris in the wet bit beside my pond. They don't flower for long, but they're beautiful while they do 

I also have the white version of Marsh Marigold (Caltha) near them. The yellow one is ideal for wet spots, but it can take over a bit if you're not careful! 

Ferns are ideal, and there's one for every type of site - wet or dry, sunny or shady.

I have a Phormium and a Libertia in the drier bit. They provide evergreen cover for  wildlife. 

As B'cupdays says, if you give us a little more info about the type of pond, sizes, aspect and soil, you'll get lots more suggestions. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:58

Been listening to fab Johnnie Walker on the radio. He has David Knopfler as a guest ( who knew Mark had a brother? Not me )  He's just confessed to mis hearing a James Taylor lyric ( mistaking Berkshires for birches) on Sweet Baby James. Hurray - I thought I was the only one who'd done that!  

Picked some grand choices too, including Joni and a bit of classic Dylan. I may have to alter my opinion of Dire Straits  

You could do a stir fry Obs. 

I hope that was a typo T'bird - or do you really want a bit of a quicky?....  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:30

Dove - did you tell him you 'kantar' help him....

or just to kantar off   

You've been busy Wonks. Slice of tart would be just the ticket - I don't think I had any lunch. My sister phoned... 

Ahh- the great British public Hosta. Champion  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:25

Lovely Chris - you were posting same time as me. I've not got any daffs through yet, but they're on their way. There might be acouple of the bog standard ones somewhere in the garden though. 

Crocus are such great value. Definitely worth doing. 

Your pond is looking really interesting. Have you had it in place a while? Looks very established 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:22

Only 8 billion VS...

Your pots look great. Lovely to have that kind of display at the end of winter to make us all feel spring is here - or at least coming soon.

I have lots in the ground, but also in pots so that I can move them around. 

Worth doing more Joyce - so simple but so cheery, and would work well with your other spring planting 

Your potentilla's ahead of mine. Think they're a good bit earlier than usual though. 

I noticed today some tulip stems were coming through. I'd overlooked them but the raindrops were nice so I took a pic. Ronaldo - a good purply pink I planted last year. Hopefully get another year from them too

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:08

Think tarragon does Obelixx, although it's not a herb I'm fond of so I've never grown it. 

I keep herbs in pots mainly - easier to keep the Med types happy.

Liri - have you chained yourself onto summat to stop you doing a Mary Poppins?  

Think it's to settle down a bit by Tuesday. It was a bit dodgy the day after you went - lots of cancellations including the Lismore one. 

I've been out doing seeds but the wind's cold so I had to come in to get some feeling back in my hands. Can't do gloves either, which doesn't help 

Some sweet peas sown as well as lettuce, harebells and rocket. I've also done some perennials which are  a new venture for me. Usually buy plants and do cuttings or division. Probably be a disaster, but at least it's not a hideously expensive one!

Too early for Acers and Jasmines?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:15

I'd have expected the acer to be showing some signs of life by now - usually you can see little nubs where the new leaves will sprout. Even up here, acers are starting to show a little growth like that.  Does it not have any at all? It may be a bit dry if it's in a pot. What's the soil like in there? Take a little look and see what you think.

I've no experience of the jasmine, but I expect someone else here can help with that  

Easiest way to dig a border

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:10

Could you ask around to see if there are any nice, strong, young men willing to graft a bit in return for a little cash or a few beers? 

 The turf stripping is something you could do yourself, as Obelixx describes, but it would save you doing the digging, which would probably be the worst bit for you.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:05

It cleared up so I got the gear on, and it promptly started raining  

Another cuppa till it blows over .

I have now pressed the button Obs, so all is bonny here  

We had those orange day lilies at the last house - one of the few things the rabbits didn't eat! They were a bandit to get rid of. They were in a border next to the gravelled drive, so at least that took care of some of them as they were under a layer of membrane and plastic. I had to keep pulling them and chopping them back, hoping they'd weaken, bu they weren't easily deterred. They'd have been fine if they'd been elsewhere in the garden, just didn't want them there. Typical.  I don't even think weedkiller was very effective. 

Suggestions on what to do!!

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 11:24

What's your own preference in terms of style, Richard? Floaty and frilly or more geometric and symmetrical. 

If you're happy with the gravel , then keep that and work round it with the planting. If it's a shady spot, it's the best option anyway. 

It also depends on the amount of time you have for, or want to spend on, maintenance. Some large containers with simple evergreens, or annuals and cottagey plants if you have a little more time, would be the easiest option - for your pocket as well as your time 

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